Vandegrift excited about Winter Street plans
Mayor Grayson Vandegrift told members of the Midway City Council Monday that he was “really excited” about the results of a recent meeting with state Transportation officials.
For some time, Vandegrift and council members have explored various ways to reduce the speed on Winter Street, including a portable speed limit sign and increased patrols. Another method - reducing the speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph - was almost certainly “not going to happen.” Transportation leaders told him they knew of no state road with a speed limit of less than 35. Another problem with that approach is the fairly steep incline on much of the road, as drivers would have to use their brakes too frequently.
Vandegrift said another proposal from an official with the Transportation Cabinet could become reality within a month: adding edge lines to make the road look more narrow, which reportedly helps reduce motorists’ speed.
“I don’t know how excited the populace will necessarily be about it, but I think this might be the first chance in a long time to finally tame traffic speeds on Winter Street,” Vandegrift said.
Vandegrift praised District 7 engineers and others for being “easy to work with.”
Council Member Sara Hicks asked if the edge lines could lead to bike paths. Vandegrift replied that he wasn’t sure if that would work, but the issue was raised during the talks.
Vandegrift said he wasn’t sure of the timeline for the edge lines, but believed the work would be done in the near future.
Council Member Libby Warfield, who chairs the Cemetery and City Property Committee, is ailing, so Vandegrift asked the other members of the committee (Hicks and Council Member Steve Simoff) to see if they could reach a consensus on a pavilion in Midway Cemetery. Vandegrift said the cemetery supervisor told him they could build one for about $17,000, with city workers and volunteer John Holloway doing the labor.
The pavilion would be built slightly north of the old cemetery house, and Vandegrift said if Hicks and Simoff approved of the project, he’d put money for it in his suggested budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1.
Alcohol sales, hours
The council heard first readings of two ordinances that would allow businesses selling alcohol by-the-drink and in packages to remain open until 1 a.m.Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday hours would remain 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Another reform would allow restaurants and bars to remain open until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day no matter what day New Year’s Eve falls on.
The ordinances will likely receive second readings and votes at the council’s March 5 meeting. No money for signs
The council recently received a request from the Midway Business Association to help pay the $1,200 fee the state charges for business-oriented signs on I-64. Vandegrift said last year the city chipped in $300. Council Member John McDaniel said he recalled that when they voted to do so, council members said it would be the last year they’d contribute.
McDaniel made a motion that the city again pay $300 of the cost, but it failed due to the lack of a second.